Who Do You Serve?
As a product of the 1960’s I enjoy listening to the old song masters from this era. One of my favorites is Bob Dylan. So this weekend I listened to some of his original songs and got inspired by one particular song – “Gotta Serve Somebody.”
Now I could go into a long discussion about the importance of customer service or servitude leadership – yet, Dylan took this verse to the ultimate. He continuously asked the questions and posed comparisons to what is available for you to make a choice – good or bad, the devil or the lord, and several additional points of reference.
Since the scope of this collection of short articles and posts are directed to the leaders in our world – whether the leader is involved in running a company (big or small) to running the country, state, or city – it really boils down to the choices you make everyday. And, You Gotta Serve Somebody!
The question I pose to you is –
Do You Really Know Who You Serve?
For the truth is – you are expected to serve for the good of the whole whether it is the organization, the country, the state, the city (and all the sub agencies) or your family.
The big mistake I see too often are leaders who are self-serving. Sorry, this is the wrong plan of action. No one person is above others – except in an org chart! Too often I see the arrogance of individuals who think they above everyone else and act like it. GEEZ!
As we continue to move further into the 21st century one would think the lessons of the past would show up in our organizations, governments, and communities to show us it is all about the whole. Everything is connected today and collaboration is taking the center stage.
To be excellent at collaboration we must learn who are we going to serve? If the answer is anything other than the whole, then the greed and well – stupid decisions – will continue to be chosen as a choice for these people.
Take some time in the coming week and think, reflect and conceptualize what would happen in your world if everyone made decisions to serve the whole rather than themselves. The results will be highly rewarding.
Think about it and how to pick the right choice for your future.
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